Wednesday, June 25, 2008


CBS Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen leaves Tuesday night on an overseas trip that will take him to Israel, reports CBS News national security correspondent David Martin. The trip has been scheduled for some time but U.S. officials say it comes just as the Israelis are mounting a full court press to get the Bush administration to strike Iran's nuclear complex. CBS consultant Michael Oren says Israel doesn't want to wait for a new administration.

"The Israelis have been assured by the Bush administration that the Bush administration will not allow Iran to nuclearize," Oren said. "Israelis are uncertain about what would be the policies of the next administration vis-à-vis Iran."

Israel's message is simple: If you don't, we will. Israel held a dress rehearsal for a strike earlier this month, but military analysts say Israel can not do it alone.

"Keep in mind that Israel does not have strategic bombers," Oren said. "The Israeli Air Force is not the American Air Force. Israel can not eliminate Iran's nuclear program."

The U.S. with its stealth bombers and cruise missiles has a much greater capability. Vice President Cheney is said to favor a strike, but both Mullen and Defense Secretary Gates are opposed to an attack which could touch off a third war in the region.


At June 25, 2008 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, exactly, would be illigal against a war to prevent Iran from acquring nucelear weapons?

At June 25, 2008 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under international treaties, you cannot invade a country that has not already attacked you.

At June 25, 2008 6:02 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

An Israeli Attack on Iran Benefits the Islamic Republic. As Israel contemplates militarily striking Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons, Israel empowers the resolve of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s hardliners to achieve greater security while harming United States strategic interests, Israeli security interests, Iranian dissident interests, and world economic interests. Monday’s WSJ Editorial charges that Israel has, “no choice but to defend themselves,” against the Iranian threat.

Yet even if Iran’s nuclear sites were bombed, virtually nothing could prevent the regime from rebuilding its nuclear sites. Bombing Iran would only further exacerbate and reinforce the belligerence of the fundamentalist regime, alienate pro-America Iranians, radicalize moderate support behind the unpopular regime, provide a pretext for the regime to crack down on human rights, and undermine the democratic movement in Iran.

A report released by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), considered a major proponent of the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S., “does not advocate military action against Iran’s nuclear program. The time is not right for such a decision.” Instead the report considers an attack on Iran’s oil infrastructure, which accounts for 80% of its export revenue, far more noteworthy.

On Thursday in the Asia Times, national and international security affairs analyst David Isenberg contends that the political shock from losing oil income would force the regime to rethink its nuclear aspirations. Conversely, he points out that an attack on Iran’s oil infrastructure may force oil prices to skyrocket which would hurt consumers worldwide. News of Israel's military exercise earlier this month caused the price of U.S. July crude to rise by US$2.69 and settle at US$134.62 a barrel last Friday.

An attack on Iran’s nuclear sites alone may cause crude oil to reach US$200 a barrel or more. Saturday’s Washington Post article interviewed PFC Energy analyst Mr. J. Robinson West who predicted, “A raid on Iran would convulse the markets. The price would go into uncharted territory. Pick a number.” The Post argues that the staggering cost of oil may dissuade U.S. military action or hamper the administration’s blessing of an Israeli attack.

An Israeli attack on Iran’s oil exporting infrastructure may lead to protracted war that would undoubtedly affect crude prices. Any temporary closure of the Strait of Hormuz, which ships nearly 40 per cent of the world’s oil, would force oil importing nations to rely upon oil exporting countries to make up for lost output. Inevitably, the regime will retaliate against an Israeli attack and possibly against American interests in the region with powerful long range missiles. A state of mutually assured destruction is more than likely to develop between Israel and Iran due to the spread of technology. Consequently, Israel must reassess its long term security strategy with Iran and view the nature of Iran’s regime as its primary existential threat.

Unless Israel and other major players expose the frustrations of Iran’s democratic dissidents to the world media, support human rights in Iran that will weaken the regime while empowering the dissidents, and refrain from bellicose saber-rattling that strengthens the fundamentalists, the Islamic Republic of Iran will always threaten Israel’s security. Otherwise, only the Islamic republic stands to win.

At June 25, 2008 10:27 PM, Anonymous Good Luck Iran said...

This is not about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. That is merely the Zion uber alles myth created out of thin air like they did with the Iraq yellowcake and WND fearmongering.

Follow the money. The U.S. financial interest is about securing Iran's vast petroleum and natural gas supplies for western countries and corporations, and shutting down the Iranian Oil Bourse, which trades petroleum products in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, particularly the Euro. Petroleum and petrodollar warfare are the same two financial reasons Iraq was invaded. North American petroleum and natural gas reserves are both depleting rapidly, and resource wars have become foreign policy to support the U.S.A.'s energy addiction.

Israel is urging war for its own sick agendas. Unable to negotiate in good faith with its neighbors for 60 years, it has relied on U.S. financial and military aid to sustain itself. The neocons in the Bush administration support the Zionist supremacist notion of Greater Israel, at the expense of its Arab and Persian neighbors. Look at Israel's track record of the past 8 years: Credible Israeli intelligence: 0%; percent of wars Israel has been able to manipulate the U.S. into fighting on its behalf: 100%.

Sadly U.S. youth are enticed to enlist in the military to defend the nation, but in reality they murder and die for Israel and oil barons.


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